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. >> it is the trend we need to watch. >> they're killing us. i'm out of work. i don't know how i'm going to afford to live. >> we waste, waste, waste. while other parts of the world already see the light. now to mention that the vast majority of the power we generate isn't powering anything. >> they don't let two thirds of it fly out the window or into the sky or wherever it goes. can you think of a more important issue when it comes to our infrastructure, the way we live, or for that matter, our own national security. >>> in the middle east a powderkeg with the spark of revolution lit. >> that brings people out in the streets and really brings temperatures to the boiling point. >> the saudis are not going to tolerate much. >> they're using weapons we gave them against some of these democracy groups. >>> today, tackling perhaps the most solvable of our nation's trillion dollar problems. there is a way, but until now, there hasn't been a will. >> utilities got to 34% efficiency when eisenhower was in the white house. they're still at the same level today. >> get ready for steel on wheels in america
shattered by a new round of gunfire that follows a weekend of u.s. led air strikes. president obama answering questions this afternoon for the first time since sending our fighter jets into action. >> the core principle that has to be upheld here is that when the entire international community, almost unanimously, says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people, that we can't simply stand by with empty words. >> one of this weekend's bombings badly damaged president gadhafi's compound. pro-gadhafi forces opened fire on a crowd of rebels in mizratah today killing nine of them gaining control of that area seen as critical for gadhafi on a strategic level. what is happening in libya? the latest headline from the uprisingings throughout the middle east look like this away from libya. yemen also in crisis right now. the president is losing his grip on power. he dissolved his cabinet over the weekend but for the growing groups of protesters that's not enough. some of the members
for us men folk to exist. show starts right now. >>> we begin today once again with the mideast in crisis and how world powers are responding. a series of developments are expected in the next hour, including the possibility nato could soon take over command operations in libya. we expect secretary of state hillary clinton to address that question at 6:15 eastern time this evening. as for right now, the u.n. security council currently wrapping up a meeting right here in new york a few blocks over focused mainly on that controversial no-fly zone over libya. we do expect to hear from the u.n. secretary general within the next hour. meantime, the director of the military joint staff is expected to talk any minute at the pentagon in d.c. well over at the white house and that town, the president today meeting behind closed doors with his national security team. u.s. officials saying gadhafi forces have been weakened somewhat, but they point out even a strained libyan army. still holds a major advantage over a rag tag group of rebels. our own richard engel in the war zone showing us what these
and the u.s. energy policy stuck in the middle. our alternatives are abundant but the incentives are not. >> energy right now is still relatively cheap for americans. >> but this is more than about saving money or going green. >> at what point will we be honest about the fact that there are risks to creating energy, period, and burning it off randomly is a stupid thing to do? >> and it's about national security. >> obviously the situation in the middle east implicates our energy security. >> steel on wheels, moving the energy debate into the fast lane with ideas to power this country into the future and cross one of those trillion dollar problems off the list in the process. after all our travels across america, the final steel on wheels starts right now. >>> good afternoon to you live from the campus of oklahoma state university. nice to see you. the sun is shiepining and we'vet a great group gathered, including our town hall tonight on campus and streaming live around the world on a battery of websites. we'll get to that later. but first we begin with a bit more sobering news for alrea
's mansion in this country in the u.s., house of representatives right now. a vote underway to avoid a partial shut down of the federal government when currently authorized money runs out on friday of this week. the senate expected to pass this extension bill after the house does. the extension trims a grand whopping massive total of $4 billion from the budget. you'll see how poultry that number is in a second. keeping the lights on for just another two weeks in the process, the republicans arguing 4 build is$4 billion is a down much larger cuts to come. >> if there had been a conversation about it this ten days ago or two days ago, we might have had something to talk about. but the fact is we were forced to move on our own. >> by threatening a government shutdown, unless we move forward with their two week proposal, you essentially are putting the american people hostage. you could do that only so many times. >> so they like to play with billions p. the united states, however, facing a $1600 billion deficit this year alone. divide the number four into 1650 a 00 and you'll see what w
destroyed, and at the same time a world trying to respond. more than 100 countries, including the u.s., attempting to step up to the plate with both response teams, food, and cash. nbc's lee cowen has just made his way back to tokyo. lee, you have truly witnessed the extent of this devastation close up. are there words to describe what you have seen in the past 24 hours? >> reporter: in a word, no, there aren't really. to make matters worse, if it can get any worse, over the last two days, temperatures have dipped well below freezing and it's been snowing hard in those affected areas, so all these people who are not only for the rescuers hoping against hope to find anybody, but -- now they have to contend with the weather as well. we made it to a town, which is a town of about 18,000 people, where they suspect at least half the population is missing or gone. it was a fishing town that had about a half hour warning to get out of the way of the tsunami, but for the city's main hospital there, that wasn't anywhere near enough time. take a look. the water took everything, this nurse told
protective shell upping fears over radiation leakage. the navy has repositioned u.s. ships away from that site after discovering low levels of radiation on 17 helicopter crew members, all have been treated and declared contamination free. we're breaking out our coverage into a couple of conversation. more on the search-and-rescue efforts but first i want to focus on another threat which is the nuclear one. joining us now two experts in nuclear matters, david albright, a former nuclear inspector with the institute for science and international security. also with us from washington, robert alvarez. he advises secretary of energy who is in charge of our nation's nuclear complex and david, what is the worst case scenario right now? >> it's very hard to know. of course you worry that if there's a lot of fuel melting and perhaps a very serious steam explosion, that can break containment and release significant fraction of their core containing radioactive material into the environment. so you worry about -- you still worry about a large scale accident. the japanese are -- i think are work
and reassuring folks in the u.s. that they are safe. >> we are bringing all available resources to bear to closely monitor the situation and to protect american citizens who may be in harm's way. we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether it's the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> his comments coming amid raids of rising doubts about japan's ability to control this reactor and a potential full-on meltdown. the attempt to cool down the reactors by spreading them with water dropped out of helicopters apparently having little to no impact. restoring power to the plant not happening until tomorrow at the earliest, which would resurrect the water cooling systems. radiation levels at 300 feet above the plant measured today at nearly 9 r.e.m. by comparison, a chest c.t. scan has just about 0.7 r.e.m. you have to get up to 50 to 75 r.e.m. to get immediate symptoms like hair loss as a result of exposure. so, a lot of exposure, but not so much that you're seeing immediate effects or long-term effects obviously still to be dete
with a caveat. while nato will be in charge of enforcing the no-fly zone, it is the u.s. that will take the lead when it comes to the more difficult task of planning attacks on gadhafi's ground forces. even as the dictator promoted every soldier in his army today, the man leading the american mission is staying ca hard to make it hard for gadhafi and his troops to kill its own citizens and destroy property. but that is as i described yesterday, a delicate mission. >> nbc news chief news correspondent richard engel is in benghazi. what do we make of reports that gadhafi wants to meet with the opposition? >> we've heard many reports like that. we've also heard that gadhafi wants to send 2,000 people carrying olive branchs to benghazi, and one of the rebel opposition leaders said they're worried about this. they're worried it could be a trojan horse. they don't want these people to come into the city. they don't trust gadhafi at all to hold negotiations, they don't trust him to hold a cease-fire, and frankly don't want his representatives in benghazi or even close to where the rebels are. >> what a
the president here today. does that mean no jeb in 2012? with us for prix and prospeech comments are john highland, national political columnist with new york magazine and msnbc contributor dave weigel. jeb bush, arm in arm with barack obama after saying some harsh things in the past when obama is taking shots at his brother. what do you make of that? >> it's interesting the education reform is one of those issues that to some extent is come to transcend the normal partisan divisions that keep people from being on stage together normally. so you see people -- joan kline, the former school chancellor here was a big fan of jeb bush's. jeb bush is a big fan of arnie duncan's. so on this issue, you can see jeb bush alongside the president happily as you suggested in your intro, it's the case. most political writers like myself believe jeb bush is not going to run in 2012. no political downside standing up to the president in this case. >> going to hear from president obama himself. let's go live to president oh bah many where he's talking to schools. >> we learned that the unemployment rate f
us from washington, lead economist, and here in new york, editor at large for bloombergç news. tom, specifically gas prices, how much of the spike we're seeing right now is a function of supply disruptions, we're not getting oil and how much of it is fear of supply disruptions? >> we're up to our eyeballs in oil in america. it's a global price. the key message is don't foul nymex, west texas and the media. it's a brent world. >> what's the difference? >> brent is europe. >> so brent is oil in europe. >> nymex is oil in cushing oklahoma. we're at $115 a barrel right now. >> how much is that price spike driven by speculation that there will be supply disruptions in the middle east? >> some is speculation, someis geopolitical risk. $15, $17 or so. >> what, if anything, do you think is the appropriate political governmental response particularly on the pood issfoo? >> first of all, i think it's important that we're able to identify the most vulnerable people affected. and the poorest are typically the most affected especially in developing countries. those who live in urban areas. and
of years driven by frederal reserv money printing. what happen do investors are the rest of us ultimately anticipate will be effect of all of this? that is the question. joining us, ceo and exquity director. barry it looked like any asset that existed became worse less. oil, gold, everybody become worth less, why? >> the fear trade, the risk-on trade, people have a tendency to panic when they don't know what's going on. you don't know how to discount the impact of a possible nuclear meltdown in japan. it's too random for anybody to figure out. we advise people, have a plan, execute it, the time to worry about where the exit roads not when the wings are falling off the plane but in advance. if you're reacting to this, you're making a bad decision. >> ralph, what is the greatest explicit economic ripple that you see coming out of the known disruptions in japan? the known liabilities? >> well, first of all i have about 30 family member there's. my wife's from fukushima and they've been telling me plants in the area are all -- they are v. all fared fairly well. the infrastructure's destroyed.
us. the show starts right now. >>> now to the sideshow that is the budget battle in washington. senate democrats today helping to pass the house gop bill to keep the government running for another two weeks. that sets up the next showdown. >> we appear to be lurching from one month to two weeks, and i don't know what's next. >> we've got to stop spending money we don't have on more government and calling that progress. >> we cannot continue to go in the direction we're going. >> will we in fact try to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class, on the backs ofhe poor, on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the children? that is the question. >> march 18th, that's when the money runs out again. between now and then another partisan clash over the piece of the budget called, quote, domestic discretionary spending. what a fine example of democratic self-governance we're setting for the rising arab world. the hoax, of course is that with both parties keeping the biggest chunks off-limits in these fights -- i'm talking about defense, medicare and medicaid, and even social s
this advance even is. the air strikes now being transferred from u.s. to nato control. pentagon officials about to brief reporters on how long the handover will take and what exactly that actually means. the central question being addressed by the president this evening at 7:30 eastern time. richard engel live in a rebel stronghold in benghazi. richard, what's the mood? >> reporter: the mood here is very optimistic. people think that they have the momentum. there was a victory parade in benghazi overnight. rumors that sirte had fall ton the rebels pand this city exploded. there was gunfire almost all night. tank celebratory fire, which i had never heard before. and the mood here is electric. but i don't think it's fair to say they've fought their way to the doorsteps of sirte. it's quite clear the air strikes by the western powers really paved the way. this was a quick drive to sirte. and it is only now that they've arrived on the outskirts of sirte. sirte being gadhafi's hometown and stronghold. >> what should we be watching for here in the states the next 48 hours? >> reporter: if they can ge
in pushing back gadhafi forces but so far no concrete details on an end game as to u.s. or foreign involvement. in fact, we heard the pentagon just this afternoon doubling down on this mission. >> we're going to continue to pursue all actions necessary to make him comply with the security council resolution 1973. >> well first egypt, now libya, and it does not stop there know that. yemen, bahrain, syria. what remains a question is whether the u.s. support for the freedom fighters in one country will spread to the others? let's start things off with robert powell, middle east analyst. what's playing out in libya period? >> well, it's essentially a rag tag rebel army, tribal elements plus a regimeç that's been in place for who 26 years and now obviously western military forces have weighed in to deal with gadhafi and his behavior. >> is the end game a failed state, one new country out of benghazi and another new country out of tripoli? >> it's difficult given how the situation is to give an answer. given how weak the forces are, how ill-equipped, difficult to avoid the partition sc
-government protests during the last few days, raising questions about why the u.s. entintervenes to s civilians in libya but not elsewhere. president obama trying to explain when america will act and when it won't. >> it's true that america cannot use our military wherever repression occurs. given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action. progress will be uneven. and change will come differently to different countries. the united states will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. only the people of the region can do that. but we can make a difference. >> a group that historically has catered to large institutions, governments and investors who have a keen interest in not necessarily a point of view but a keen interest in accurate information, specifically on the case of libya. how relevant is the fact that libya supplies 80% of its oil to western europe, the western european allies' interest in this conflict. >> extremely relevant. that's exactly why you see france and the u.k. in particular pushing for a more aggre
. >> the president saying that u.s. ground force would not be part of that effort which apparently will be led by french and british soldiers. gadhafi's government has declared a cease-fire in an apparent bid to ward off strikes but that cease-fire apparently includes reports from rebels that they are still being shelved. two cities, including misrata reportedly still under attack. rebels in the eastern stronghold of benghazi are fortifying positions against a gadhafi attack and welcoming outside attack. >> gadhafi is not good. gadhaf is very, very dangerous. >> wait for france to bring battalion for the gadhafi forces and for us staying here we're waiting for our orders to move forward. >> course this action is in sharp contrast to the western response to events in yemen let alone u.s. supported dare i say it bank rolled allies like bahrain and saudi arabia who have been using our own weapons to crack down on their own people. their efforts met with stern words of warning from our country. joining us now lieutenant colonel tony shaf fer, former intelligence officer and with us from london phi
and then that would help the people who are sacrificing their very lives as we seek. >> joining us now is mark beg s ginsburg, a very difficult situation for the white house and the president to manage, he seems to be keeping his options open, but with some pressure from leading senators on the hill. how do you see it at this hour? >> the problem here is that secretary of defense gates felt that a in fly zone in libya with an attack on libyan military airplanes, airports, et cetera. but the fact of the matter is that the freedom fighters in libya are going to need help. but to get bogged down in a no fly zone may not help. we could oppose the -- at the same time, even though we may not have the support of nato and other nations to impose a no fly zone. my biggest concern is that there's an enormous amount of hand wringing going on here and the worst thing that could happen is a stalemate that would allow islamic extremists to enter into libya from the sah a sahara. >> what kind of help do you think we should be offering? >> reconnaissance support, humanitarian support. we could be providing them ar
care. well, instead of addressing that today, washington focused on protecting us from those crazy radical muslims. >> a homegrown radicalization is part of al qaeda's strategy to continue attacking the united states. al qaeda is actively targeting the american-muslim community for recruitment. to back down would be against political correctness. >> the security homeland committee did hold a hearing on radicalization and the american-muslim community. to word on radicalization in other religious or racial groups. apparently they are not a concern. critics calling eight throwback to mccarthyism. keith ellison was the first muslim-american elected to congress and called the hearings, quote, the very heart of scapegoating. mr. ellison broke down as he testified about a 9/11 first responder running into the building ultimately killed in the attacks, only to be accused after his death of being in co hoots with al qaeda. >> some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was an elite attacker because he was a muslim. but it was only when his remains were identified that these live
in jerusalem in several years. joining us this afternoon a couple folks i'm excited to have here, two very interested parties, rava balla, with an organ called straffor, a consulting group to large investors, governments and organization. with us as well. dell al makbari, he's been very vocal about the ultimate intent and desire of the libyan rebels and activists there. del, what is your perspective on the state of play in your home country? >> at this point we're very excited that the international community, are protecting the civilians right now. this is very important. it was needed. people don't -- i mean, the -- people criticizing these air strikes need to remember that benghazi was on the verge of a genocide, so these air strikes are extremely important. i think these definitely going to be a -- it's going to change the game at this point for us. >> how? >> bell, gadhafi is putting a lot of pressure, just since yesterday, misrata was being bombarded, and gadhafi forces were killing the people in misrata. just recently, for ten hours of air strikes in misrata, helping out the opposit
joins us in moments to talk about what a real coalition might do to cut spending and raise revenue in this country. >>> also, to tap or not to tap? the president considering dipping into strategic oil reserves. is that going to solve our energy problems? >>> plus, move over summer breeze. the newest craze, cow farts in a can. oh, yes. the show starts right now. >>> well, record debt, a bleeding job market, two very costly wars, unsustainable health costs, just a few of the massive and rather expensive problems our country currently faces, and here, of course, is washington's plan to deal with it. they start by wasting a few months on a false budget debate that doesn't address the problems. now we spend another day today waiting for votes on the two partisan plans that have no chance of passage. when it's all done, we'll wind up right back at the starting line facing a government shutdown, but not facing the facts. neither party offering cuts that amount to anything more than a drop in the bucket. you just have to look at the numbers to see it. the house-passed gop bill cuts spendin
the united states is here to help. >> today's events remind us how fragile life can be. our hearts go out to our friends in japan and throughout the region and we're going to stand with them as they recover and e rebuild from this tragedy. >> there have been hundreds of aftershocks in the region. an earthquake clustering effect going on now. dozens of a significant magnitude. even testify vision anchors in that country are wearing hard hats on the set as they try to protect themselves while they work in the event of another big aftershock. our nbc news producer is live on the phone with us. where are you now and can you describe the scene? >> i'm no tokyo, about 188 miles south of the tep center. from here, the destruction you've been seeing on the show, but i have been taking pictures on the public broadcaster tv here. it's -- hopefully get a better idea of the damage. >> we've hard reports of people stuck in tokyo. can you describe the downtown tokyo scene? >> yes, up until midnight, there's the train system here, long distance trains, they all stopped. the reason is that the coast --
breaks to pay one nickel in shared sackry nice to move us toward a balanced budget, that is beyond anything the republicans can dream of. in terms of the democratic proposal, they are going to have to bring revenue into the picture. i am going to introduce, dylan action a piece of legislation tomorrow which will impose a 5.4% surtax on millionaires, do away with some of the loop holes that prevent oil companies from paying their fair share of taxes. >> you and i both know that we have a core problem in this country, which is high unemployment and a screwed-up housing market at the root of a complete collapse in revenue that you're seeing at the municipal levels. the mayor of oakland says i can't print money, i just have to fire cops. we're seeing what's going on in wisconsin. the cause is many ways, screwed-up banking system, a complex which continue toss extract, the china trade continues to affect that. why are the american people forced to these crumb, the debates over crumbs that affect the least politically represented and most vulnerable as opposed to seeing a politician addr
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